Who the Clix? is a series of articles featuring information on comic book characters that have been made into figures for the popular tabletop game Heroclix. These articles are meant to help Heroclix players learn more about the characters behind their favorite pieces.
Today we look at everyone’s favorite time traveling mech-merc: Death’s Head
Appearances in Heroclix: Invincible Iron Man
First Appearance: High Noon Tex/Transformers UK #113
Team Affiliations: None
One of Death’s Head’s most prominent bounties was the Decepticon Galvatron, taken out by Rodimus Prime. Death’s Head traveled back in time to 1980 to find and destroy the evil transformer. Rodimus felt that this bounty was dishonorable and forced Death’s Head back to the future, where he was then contracted by the Decepticons to destroy Rodimus Prime. Rodimus avoided the bounty hunter and took out a larger bounty on Cyclonus and Scourge. Death’s Head finally tracked them down on the Planet of Junk only to be thwarted by the mental control of Unicron.
Death’s Head tried to fight the control, but Unicron was still powerful enough to make him kill Shockwave. Death’s Head then went on to help Rodimus seal Unicron within the Matrix of Leadership. Escaping the destruction around him, Death’s Head used Unicron’s time portal and took Cyclonus and Scourge with him, vowing to kill them another time. They were separated in the time stream and Death’s Head encountered the Time Lord known as The Doctor, who shrunk Death’s Head to human size and sent him in another direction in time. Death’s Head arrived on Earth in 8162 where he was heavily damaged and buried under a collapsing building.
Death’s Head was later recovered by the Chain Gang and given a new body. As payment for this rescue, Death’s Head confronted Dragon’s Claws, a government group, and defeated one of their members. He spared the leader of the Dragon’s Claws for an unknown reason and was joined by Spratt, the member of the Chain Gang that had rebuilt him.
The pair relocated to the Los Angeles Resettlement and Death’s Head took up his Freelance Peacekeeping Agent work once more. He went on to attempt to capture the Doctor and his TARDIS, facing the Fantastic Four in the modern day before being sent to 2020 where he met the Iron Man of that era.
It was after this time that Death’s Head learned of his origins for the first time, while feeling like he was beginning to enjoy killing. He was originally built as a host body for a techno-mage Lupex who hunted sentient beings for sport. A foe of his, Pyra, was able to steal Death’s Head and tried to use him against Lupex by programming him to have a business-like mind. A third party stole the body, enlarged it to the size of Transformers and shot him through time. This all came to a head when Lupex was able to track down Death’s Head and nearly defeated him. Death’s Head managed to perservere, however, and killed his “father.”
Death’s Head helped SWORD with the tracking and capture of Abigail Brand’s Brother. He was then hired by the alien race Voldi to battle Tony Stark in gladiatorial combat. After this was completed, Stark hired Death’s Head to track down Unit 451, the being that had killed the Voldi. Unfortunately for Stark, this was all a ruse by 451 who had hired Death’s Head to bring Stark to him. After this, Death’s Head had a run in with the “Superior” Spider-Man.